As of Wednesday,  Jan. 11, 2023

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Steve Bearden

July 12, 1958 – Jan. 6, 2023

Steven Wayne Bearden was born on July 12, 1958, in Dallas, Texas, to Patricia Burns and Eddie McGehee. He met Jesus face to face on Jan. 6, after a brave battle with cancer. Steve grew up in California and moved with his family to Missouri in 1971.

Steve was adopted into the family of God in 1974 when he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Church is where he met Patti, his wife. They were married on Sept. 23, 1978. He loved family and it was priority one, after his relationship with Jesus. He loved being an older brother. He loved being a husband! He loved being a dad! And boy, did he love being a grandpa!

Steve graduated from Carthage High School in 1976. He attended Ozark Christian College and graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 1982. He received a master of science in psychology from Pittsburg State University in 1983. Steve’s patient, caring character and wisdom were gifts that he used in a career devoted to helping others. He worked in the healthcare industry as a licensed professional counselor and in hospital administration.

Having grown up on the Southern California coast, Steve’s love of the ocean remained throughout his life. The beach and the baseball park were some of his happy places, but being with his family – his life’s greatest accomplishment – was his favorite. He modeled every fruit of the Spirit, was the rock of his family and the one everyone turned to for wisdom and guidance. Steve was a peacemaker. He was selfless, authentic, constant, kind, patient, Godly, wise, and funny, notorious for his “dad jokes.” He never complained, even while enduring the worst at the end of his life. His last words on this earth were “Worship the Lord!”

Steve is survived by his wife Patti, daughter Emily Manko and her husband Josh, son Eric and his wife Katie, son-in-love Jenka Korman and fiance Lynn, his adored grandchildren Jenson and Benjamin Korman, Amelia Define, Camden and Brecken Bearden, and Phinn and Soren Manko, his mother Patricia Bearden, brothers Bobby (Carmen) Bearden and Dean (Nina) Bearden, sisters-in-law Pam (Jerry) Kramer and Paula (Alan) Stanley, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Eddie, his stepfather Bob Bearden, and his in-laws Don and Anne Witherspoon.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, at Christ’s Church of Oronogo, with Peter Buckland and Dan McGrew officiating. Memorials are being directed to the Christ’s Church of Oronogo Youth Ministry c/o the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.


Sharyn Hood

Sept. 8, 1948 – Jan. 6, 2023

Sharyn Arlene Hood, 74, of Webb City, departed this life on Friday morning, Jan. 6, at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, from complications of a heart attack.

Sharyn entered this life on Sept. 8, 1948, in Pittsburg, Kan., daughter of the late Roy and Lena (Dugan) Gilbert. She was raised in Joplin and was a 1966 graduate of Joplin High School. She moved to Kansas City in 1987, where she worked at various medical facilities.

On Sept. 18, 1989, Sharyn was united in marriage to Larry Hood, and together they shared 27 years before his passing on Aug. 1, 2017. They moved from Kansas City to Rogersville in 2001. Following Larry’s passing, Sharyn made the decision to move to Webb City in 2020, to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. Sharyn was very social and hospitable by nature. She enjoyed cooking, listening to gospel music and lending a hand to those in need.

Her parents; husband; and one brother, Dennis Gilbert, preceded her in death.

Sharyn is survived by her daughter, Laurie Lowery and husband, Scott, of Joplin; two grandchildren, Lucas and Lucy Lowery; and sister, Sheila Aiken of Austin, Texas.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Parker Mortuary, with Pastor Alan McCamey officiating. Contributions may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Sharyn. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for the compassion and care shown by EMS, Mercy Hospital and St. Luke’s CVICU team.


Rickey Richardson

Oct. 3, 1958 – Jan. 6, 2023

Rickey Wayne Richardson passed away Friday, Jan. 6, at the age of 64.

Rickey was born Oct. 3, 1958, in Webb City, to Bever (Jack) Richardson and Patricia Richardson. He grew up in Carterville as a friendly child who enjoyed spending time with animals and learning to play music. He enjoyed learning new things, and earned a bachelor’s degree at Missouri Southern State College and a master’s in statistics at Missouri S&T. He then used these degrees to work as a computer programmer. He worked for Jack Henry and Associates for 25 years.

Rickey enjoyed playing guitar and piano, as well as writing his own songs. He spent time doing puzzles and various activities with his family. He spent 31 wonderful years married to his wife, Cindi Richardson. He was a friendly man who enjoyed being with his family.

Rickey was a faithful man who attended Forest Park Baptist Church in Joplin. He enjoyed socializing there, and volunteered helping organize adult Sunday school classes for about 10 years.

Rickey is survived by his wife, Cindi; two children, Amanda Baker and husband Luke, and Kim Richardson; and his brother Mike Mesplay and wife, Donna. He was preceded in death by his parents and his half-brother, Steve Mesplay.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in the chapel at Forest Park Baptist Church, 725 S. Highview Ave, Joplin, following a 10 a.m. reception. Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.